With Sabarimala Temple in news for not letting women to get entry in the temple premises, here are some more worship places in India which still deny entry of women.
Patbausi Satra, Assam
Established by Sankardeva where he spent about 18 years of his life, this temple deny the entry of women. The reason behind baring the entry of women is to preserve it ‘purity’. In 2010, Assam Governor JB Patnaik visited the Patbausi, Sundaridiya, and Barpeta satras, entered the sanctorum with a group of 20 women and performed all rituals and prayers with them.Following this, the satra was briefly open to women before the rule was eventually re-imposed.
Lord Kartikeya Temple, (Pehowa, Haryana and in Pushkar, Rajasthan)
Women are strictly forbidden in the temple premises which celebrates the ‘brahmachari’ form of Lord Kartikeya. It is situated near the Punjab-Haryana border and states that any women visiting it will be cursed even if they are seeking blessings from Lord Kartikeya.
Ranakpur Temple, Rajasthan
The temple is said to have been built by Seth Dharna Sah (a Jain businessman) with Rana Kumbha’s aid. Ranakpur got its name after the name of the Rajput Monarch and likewise the temples. A large board outside the temple have set the rule for women of when and how a woman can visit the temple. Again here also women during her menstrual days are denied of getting entry into the temple. The board clearly define the rules specifically related to the western dresses worn by women.
Kamakhya Temple, Assam
The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kamakhya Devi. Temple, which is having no idol to worship but only Kamakhya’s yoni still does not allow women entry during menstrual days.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
Situated in Malayinkeezhu village of Thiruvananthapuram, women are denied entry into the core structure (called the nalambalam) of the temple. Women can pray form outside the main vault.
Shani Shingnapur Temple, (Ahmednagar, Maharashtra)
The temple is believed as “jagrut devasthan” which means that a deity still resides in the temple. Villagers believe that god Shani punishes anyone who attempts theft. A 400-year tradition restricts women from entering the inner sanctum. A group of over 500 women, led by activist Trupti Desai marched to the temple under the group “Bhumata Ranragani Brigade”, demanding entry into the Inner sanctum.
On 30 March 2016, in a judgement by the Bombay High Court, the court asked the Maharashtra government to ensure that women are not denied entry to any temple. On 8 April 2016, the Shani Shingnapur trust eventually allowed the women devotees to enter the inner sanctum.
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Jama Masjid was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. More than 5000 workers were needed to built this mosque. Now, it is regarded as one of the largest mosques in India. Here the women are not allowed to enter the mosque after sunset during Maghrib prayers.